Sabinews Evening News Update for July 10, 2015
NNPC Lifts 7.5m Litres Of Fuel For Abuja
NNPC lifted 7,576,093 litres of fuel for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Thursday, July 9, says Mohammed Saidu, DPR’s Head of Public Affairs. Read more
No plans to ban Liberia flights over Ebola – NCAA
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority says it has no plan to ban Liberian airlines from coming into Nigeria, following a fresh outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia.
NCAA’s General Manager (Public Affairs), Mr. Fan Ndubuoke, said this on Friday while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos. NAN reports that a fresh case of Ebola was detected in Liberia, nearly two months after the West African country was declared free of the virus by the World Health Organisation. Read more
Tribunal dismisses Mega party’s petition against Amosun
Ogun State Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, on Friday struck out a petition filed by Mega Progressive Peoples Party against the governorship election of April 11, 2015 which returned Governor Ibikunle Amosun as the state governor.
The tribunal chairman, Justice Henry Olusiyi, while ruling on three motions on notice filed before the panel challenging the competence of the petition, held that the petition was incurably incompetent. Read more
KSTF arrests 270 illegal drug hawkers
The Kano State Task Force on fake, counterfeit drugs and unwholesome processed foods said it had arrested 270 hawkers of illegal drugs in Kano from January till date.
The Chairman of the committee, Alhaji Abdul Umar, disclosed this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kano on Friday. He said the hawkers were arrested in various parts of Kano metropolis while exposing the items in the sun. Read more
B’Haram attacks: Desperate pangs of dying monster, says APC
The All Progressives Congress has said what Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu interpreted as the worsening cases of Boko Haram attacks under the current Administration are actually the desperate pangs of a dying monster.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Friday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said if the distinguished Senator had leveraged his high office to get the necessary information from those involved in the Boko Haram fight, especially the Nigerian military, he would not have made the kind of partisan and incautious
comments attributed to him, which he has not denied. Read more
Bauchi pays January 2014 salary arrears
Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar, has approved the payment of January 2014 salary to civil Servants in the state.
Former Governor Isa Yuguda had refused to pay civil servants the January 2014 salary because they embarked on strike over non-payment of salaries.
But the judiciary workers, teachers and health workers, who refused to join the strike by the Nigerian Labour Congress were paid the month’s salaries at the time. Read more
Factory Worker Remanded In Prison For Beating Wife To Death
An Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Friday remanded a factory worker, Kingsley Oshiegbu, in Ikoyi Prisons’ custody over the alleged murder of his wife, Ifeoma Ndidi, 32.
Olajuwon, however, said that the court would not take the plea of the accused as it lacked the jurisdiction to do so. Read more
Ambode targets hospitality sector to boost job creation
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has hinted of the plans of his administration to take advantage of the huge potential in the hospitality sector to create jobs for youths in the state.
The governor, who spoke on Friday at the inauguration of The George, a hotel, in Ikoyi, Lagos, said the government would expand the frontiers of the hospitality industry in the state so as to attract investments. He said the current economic realities in the country had made it necessary for the state to develop a non-oil sector to ensure sustainable revenue source. Read more
Little help for displaced Nigerians returning home
Despite fresh terror attacks, many of Nigeria’s internally displaced want to return to their homes in the beleaguered northern states. In the areas once occupied by Boko Haram, there is a lack of basic necessities.
The small, dirty white truck is heavily laden with sacks of corn. The driver has to hit the accelerator hard if the vehicle is going to make it through the river to the opposite bank. As a precaution, around a dozen men are waiting behind the truck ready to push it if it gets stuck on the river bed. But all goes well and the truck reaches the other side without incident. The river is still fairly shallow because the rainy season was very late this year. Read more
Nigeria’s Electricity Reforms Too Ambitious –Report
The Nigerian government’s ambitions for improving electricity supplies are “not remotely realistic”, a report by experts advising the presidency says, an early blow to one of President Muhammadu Buhari’s most important reform promises, according to Reuters.
Chronic power shortages are one of the biggest constraints on investment and growth in Africa’s largest economy. Fixing the problem was one of the key battlegrounds during campaigning ahead of a presidential election Buhari won in March. Read more
I know Buhari will do well – Bishop Ademowo
Rev. Adebola Ademowo, Bishop Emeritus of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) has said that he knows President Muhammadu Buhari will do well in spite of the impatience among Nigerians.
Ademowo made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Friday. The cleric explained that Buhari was only being thorough in view of the fact that change was a gradual process. Read more
Senator attacks Ekweremadu over comments on Boko Haram
The Senator representing Lagos West Senatorial District, Solomon Adeola, said on Friday that the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, was wrong in his comparison of the activities of Boko Haram insurgency during the former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration and the bomb blasts recorded in some parts of the country recently.
Adeola, in a statement by his Media Adviser, Chief Kayode Odunaro, in Abuja, also said Ekweremadu should not play partisan politics with the resurgence of Boko Haram attacks in recent times. Read more
There was no bomb blast in Nasarawa – Police
The Nasarawa State Police Command, on Friday, said the loud sound heard in Lafia on Thursday was not a bomb explosion. The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, ASP Numan Ismaila, told newsmen in Lafia that the sound came from bust tyre of a trailer.
According to him, there was a lot of panic in the town but officers of the command immediately swung into action to ascertain where the sound came from, adding that the police have mapped out strategies to beef up security in all nooks and crannies of the state. Read more
Ali Baba proposes death penalty for fake drugs producers
Popular comedian, Atuyota Akporobomeriere, alias Ali Baba has proposed that government should consider death penalty as a punishment for manufacturers and distributors of fake and substandard drugs in Nigeria
Disheartened by a picture of a fake drug he shared on his Instagram page, which stated the product’s manufactured date as April, 2016, an undue date, Ali Baba reacted to so many other unwholesome practices bedeviling the health sector saying offenders should not go unpunished. Read more
Boko Haram Attacks Buni Yadi
Boko Haram militants attacked the northern Nigerian town of Buni Yadi in Yobe state late on Thursday and it was unclear how the fighting had ended, military sources said.
There was no information on any casualties after the attack that started at around 9 p.m. (2000 GMT), the sources said on Friday. A Reuters correspondent saw a detachment of troops with armoured personnel carriers and a fighter jet heading towards Buni Yadi on Friday morning. Read more
Nigerian jailed over use of fake document
A Nigerian man who tried leaving Malta with a false French residency permit was today jailed for seven months. Ben Chidi Nwaeke, 35, pleaded guilty to possession and use of forged documents on Thursday. He was apprehended at the Malta International Airport as he was checking in to board a flight to Madrid. He was trying to leave Malta with a false French residency permit issued in his name.
Prosecuting inspector Darren Buhagiar told Magistrate Doreen Clarke that Mr Nwaeke did not cooperate at all with the police in their investigation and refused to furnish them with the name of the person who was supplying these fake documents. Neither did he tell police whether he had purchased the fake document from someone in Malta or had it sent to him from abroad. Read more
12 burnt beyond recognition as Agip pipeline explodes in Bayelsa
Reports reaching DAILY POST say about 12 people were burnt beyond recognition when an Agip pipeline exploded in Bayelsa on Friday.
The victims reportedly got burnt during a JIV visit to the site of an oil spillage along the Tebidaba-Azuzuama trunk line owned by Agip on Friday morning. Read more
Lafarge applies for licence to supply Nigeria’s electricity grid
Lafarge Africa said on Friday it had applied to Nigeria’s energy regulator for a licence to generate 260 MW of electricity to supply to the country’s grid. Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) is licensing so-called embedded power companies to try to end electricity shortages, one of the biggest constraints to investment and growth in Africa’s largest economy. Print Send to Friend 0 0 Embedded power companies are not primarily power generating groups, but generate extra power from their operations and can sell the surplus to the grid or distribution companies. Read more
Keyamo fails to get SAN rank, Banire, others successful
Lagos lawyer Festus Keyamo again failed in his attempt to get the rank of the Senior Advocate of Nigeria as the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee conferred the rank on 21 lawyers on Friday. Read more
Ebola: Tanzanian nurse in self-quarantine after serving in Liberia
A Tanzanian nurse who has just returned home after taking part in the post-Ebola Virus Disease recovery programme in the affected West African countries has placed herself under a 21-day quarantine.
Ms. Loveness Isojick, 28, staff of Korogwe District Hospital in the eastern coastal region of Tanga, has been staying in a hotel room since her arrival from Monrovia, Liberia, on Wednesday. Read more
12 migrants drown in Mediterranean, 500 rescued
Italy on Friday in Rome confirmed the death of 12 migrants on Thursday when their overcrowded rubber dinghy sank off the coast of Libya.
It said no fewer than 500 others were rescued in the latest episodes in the Mediterranean migrant crisis. Italian coast guards said the corpses of the victims were found in the sea by the Coast Guard ship, Dattilo, some 40 miles north of Libya. The organisation said Dattilo saved 106 people from the same dinghy, which was half submerged when help arrived. Read more
Teenage Pregnancy Worries Mauritius Health Minister
Mauritian Health Minister, Anil Gayan Friday revealed that the percentage of teenagers aged 15-19 years who are already mothers or pregnant with their first child has increased from 10.9 per cent in 2002 to 12.1per cent in 2014.
He, therefore, said there was the need to address both the health and societal perspectives of the problem. Read more
Nigerians Abroad Mull Boko Haram Appeal Fund For Reconstruction Of North East
The Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) worldwide, says it is considering the establishment of a fund to help rebuild North East Nigerian communities destroyed by Boko Haram.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that NIDO is the umbrella body of Nigerians living abroad. Read more
Police Take Over 22 Rivers Council Secretariats
Rivers State Governor, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike on Friday cried out over the decision of Rivers State Police Command, to barricade entrances into the secretariats of 22, out of the 23 local government councils in the state, thereby denying the newly sworn in caretaker committees access to the councils. Read more
Business Operators Urge LASG To Beef Up Security In Ikorodu
Some residents and business operators in Ikorodu area of Lagos on Friday urged the Lagos State Government and the Nigeria Police Force to secure investments in the area by beefing up security.
The business operators and residents told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the business environment was prone to risks following the attacks on four banks in the town. Read more
EU pledges 450 mn euros for Ebola recovery in west Africa
The EU on Friday pledged 450 million euros to help Guinea, Liberia and Sierre Leone recover from Ebola after the deadly disease killed thousands in the three West African countries hardest hit.
The EU said it will formally make its pledge, amounting to around $500 million, at a UN conference in New York on Friday where the presidents of the three countries will seek a total of $3.2 billion for recovery efforts. Read more
Mali to build west Africa’s first solar plant
Mali has signed an agreement with a Norwegian renewable energy specialist to build west Africa’s first industrial-scale solar power plant, the company announced in a statement on Friday.
Oslo-based Scatec Solar said it had signed up to build the 52 million-euro ($58 million) unit near the southwestern city of Segou and run it for 25 years. “This landmark agreement signals the government’s commitment to meet the nation’s growing energy demand and to provide clean, renewable and affordable energy to our people,” energy minister Mamadou Frankaly Keita was quoted as saying. Read more
Turkish woman detained over ‘honour’ killing of husband
Turkish authorities have detained a 28-year-old woman for murdering her husband out of “honour” after he repeatedly beat her and tried to force her into prostitution, reports said Friday.
Cilem Karabulut admitted in testimony to police killing her husband Hasan Karabulut, 33, in the southern Adana region with a pistol stored at home. Read more
Burundi backs election delay
Burundi’s government said Friday it backed regional calls to postpone controversial polls, but only by a few days, saying it had asked the election commission to implement the delay.
The crisis in the central African nation revolves around President Pierre Nkurunziza’s third-term bid, which his opponents say is unconstitutional and violates a peace deal that brought an end to a dozen years of civil war in 2006. Read more
Rwandan parliament to debate third term for Kagame
Rwandan lawmakers will debate on Tuesday possible changes to the constitution to allow strongman Paul Kagame a third term in power as president, parliament said Friday.
Over 3.7 million people — well over half of voters — have signed a petition calling for a change of Article 101 of the constitution, which limits the president to two terms, according to Rwandan media. Read more
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